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CropWatch for South Africa

Monitoring crop coverage and health is therefore an important activity, but any solution needs to be cost effective. Using a satellite-based solution offers several key strengths, such as objectivity, wide area coverage and frequent data updates. Recent developments in the capabilities of satellite instruments support this approach, as they allow frequent, wide area observations to be made with improved spatial and spectral resolutions, enabling images of greater detail and better quality to be captured from space.

With funding from the UK Space Agency’s International Partnerships in Space Programme (IPSP), Airbus Defence and Space has built on these strengths by developing a set of crop monitoring tools called CropWatch, in partnership with the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).

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